CEO and Co-FounderCityblock Health
Iyah Romm is the CEO and Co-Founder of Cityblock Health, the first tech-driven provider for communities with complex needs. By scaling primary care, behavioral health and social services with custom-built technology, Cityblock is bringing better care to neighborhoods that have historically had poor access to quality, affordable healthcare. Mr. Romm founded Cityblock on the premise that health is local. In October 2017, he led the launch of Cityblock with the support of Sidewalk Labs and has since raised over $140 million in funding from leading healthcare and technology investors. To date, Cityblock has partnered with innovative health plans to improve community health—first with EmblemHealth in New York, followed by ConnectiCare in Connecticut, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Tufts Health Plan— and is today serving thousands of members in lower-income neighborhoods. He is known nationally as an expert policymaker and practitioner in the field of transforming healthcare delivery and financing. Before Cityblock, Mr. Romm was the chief transformation officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) in Massachusetts. There, he helped to steward nearly $1 billion in insurance premiums and care for tens of thousands of Medicaid and Medicare recipients. He also played a significant role in Massachusetts’ healthcare reform efforts, holding leadership roles at the Health Policy Commission, the state Department of Public Health and as affiliate faculty at Dr. Atul Gawande’s Ariadne Labs. He studied Biology at Brandeis University and Medicine at Boston University before dropping out.